Monday 26 January 2009


In November 2004 a clinical psychologist and gallery owner called Frank Warren printed 3,000 postcards and asked people to write a secret they had never told anyone on the card and mail it to him. The postcards were used as an exhibition, his interest was in the healing and psychological aspects of art.

The project just grew and grew and became a blog and a book. My EBD was given the book as a gift and I've just finished reading it. Some of the secrets are funny, some raunchy, some downright strange but the ones that caught me were the poignantly sad ones.

I am an extremely good keeper of secrets, both other peoples and my own, always have been and probably always will be. I will be posting my own secret but from the book the ones that touched a chord in me seem all to be about love and loneliness

I will never stop loving her.

If I had a million dollars I would give it all away for one more day with her like it used to be in the beginning.

Braille : God is the only one who loves me, no one else on earth does.

What hurts more than losing you is knowing you're not fighting to keep me.

If you want to see the blog then go to PostSecret


A Woman Of No Importance said...

Loneliness and loveliness, Gwennie - A beautiful post! I remember the art work and am off to check it out just now x

Tim Atkinson said...

Thanks for the link, AG. What a fascinating project!

DAB said...

Lovely website - hit upon it awhile ago. Some of the secrets are quite heart wretching though :0TFx

Mean Mom said...

Oh, how sad! The one in braille is particularly touching and brings tears to my eyes. I will visit the website, when I am feeling a little more upbeat!

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

I too keep secrets. I am honoured to have been told them and so I keep them. Integrity - the best gift you can give someone who trusts you with their secret.

scrappysue said...

i remember seeing it too. it was the sad ones that got me too

Anonymous said...

I've looked at that site before but not for ages - time for another peek, I reckon.
I am a bearer of secrets too and I do find it immensely flattering to be trusted that way. :o)

Anonymous said...

I love PostSecret and really should remember to check it more. Some of them are just so sad they bring tears.

Laura said...

Wow! Some people really make me lucky I'm me!

TheOnlineStylist said...

Wow... this is really poignant isn't it? I'd never heard about it before but will add it to my bookmarks now.
I picture tagged you over at mine today if you want to play!

auntiegwen said...

Awoni - love and lonelines, very ofter co exist don't they ?

Tim - they are hoping to bring the exhibition to the UK if there is enough interest, the beautiful children and I will definitely go, we've all read the book now.

TF - they are aren't they ?

MM - some of it is fairly harrowing but lots of things you can empathise with.

Mob - Integrity is one of the finest things you can possess.

Sue - the sad ones get me every time

penelope - it's good to be trusted isn't it ?

Lisa - such a beautifully simple idea too, those are always the best

Lolly - yep, we should all count our blessings more

That girl - some of the detail people have put into their cards is stunning and some so incredibly stark and sad. I've played along and now I'm not "it" anymore, thanks, good tag